What Every College Freshman Needs To Know About Drinking

What Every College Freshman Needs To Know About Drinking

Drinking is a tradition in college. Read this article before you go out the first night.

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To many people, part of the college experience is going out drinking. The first month of college is notorious for hospital visits because of intoxication. You can easily avoid the hospital bills and failing grades by following these tips.

1. 1 beer = 1 glass of wine = 1 shot

Before someone hands you a drink you should understand how much alcohol it contains. Canned beers are usually a safe bet whereas mixed drinks are usually where people get messy. Different liquors have different proofs, which is a measurement of how much alcohol is in the liquor.

A can of Natty Light has a proof of 8 (4% ABV) where Smirnoff is 80 proof (40% ABV). Everclear is 190 proof (95% ABV) which is usually what you'll find in jungle juice.

2. Drink slowly at the pregame or miss the actual game

Everybody loves a good pregame but make sure you can actually make it to the actual party. It takes about 30 minutes to feel the real effect of a drink so if you're slamming shots from the start you're probably going to have a short night and painful morning. Pour yourself a mixed drink and give yourself some time to enjoy it.

3. Eat and drink water before and after you go out

If you know you are going to be ingesting an obscene amount of alcohol try to help your body a little bit by fueling it. At the end of the night, you'll feel more nauseous on an empty stomach than a full one. Order your drunk snacks before you go out so you don't have to wait for them when you get home. Put a glass of water next to your bed and chug it before you pass out for the night.

4. Know the signs of alcohol poisoning

There is a fair chance you or someone you know will have alcohol poisoning at least once. Signs of alcohol poisoning are vomiting, confusion, slow breathing, and unconsciousness. It is not normal to pass out while drinking or being unable to walk home.

If you think someone has alcohol poisoning do not be afraid of calling 911. Most colleges have a Good Samaritan law when it comes to underage drinking. People don't always just sleep it off.

5. Take care of your friends

No one should be walking home from a party when they're drunk. If you're going out with a group you should also be committed to leaving with that group, or tell them you're leaving with someone else. If you notice your friend doing something they shouldn't it's your responsibility to take care of them and keep them safe.

6. Mixing alcohol with drugs

A hard and fast rule is you shouldn't mix hard or psychoactive drugs with alcohol. Enjoy one or the other but not both. If you're someone who enjoys smoking weed and drinking understand how the effects on you changes. You're going to need to drink less to get the same feeling. Booze and weed are both depressants. There is a very fine line between being lit and being too crossfaded.

7. Not everyone drinks during college

Drinking isn't for everyone and that's totally normal. You don't need alcohol to have a good time. If you'd rather be studying on a Friday night or watching Netflix in bed don't feel bad about it. Partying in college isn't everything, but passing your classes is.

Don't pressure people into drinking because you probably don't know (or need to know) why they made that decision. There are a lot of reasons why someone chooses not to drink and they're all valid. Live and let live.

Now, go out and get lit and live to tell the stories over brunch.

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To The Incoming Freshman Girl Who'll Be Living In The Dorms, You Made The Right Choice

Living in a dorm freshman year might be one of the best college experiences you'll have.

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You receive your acceptance letter in the mail, and for the first time, it all feels real to you now. It's starting to sink in. Hard. The life you currently love and feel comfortable in is about to change in new and exciting ways that you may or may not be prepared for. You are so nervous but so ready. You've been ready. In just a couple of months, you'll be packing up your stuff, leaving the people you care about behind and moving away to begin your own personal college journey. All on your own. A journey that will mark a huge, important chapter in your life.

The months of waiting will turn into weeks, and suddenly, you'll be up at 6 a.m. with butterflies because it's move-in day. The day you've been waiting for. It's finally here.

Your parents and brother will help haul all your belongings to your new, 16-by-12 foot room that will now be your home. The best home. A home holding so many new and exciting memories to be made. You'll see a sea of unfamiliar faces just as overwhelmed as yours. You'll stare at your bed in awe, wondering how in the world your dorm-provided twin mattress will ever be comfortable enough for you. But trust me, it will. Along with everything else. Along with the newness and unfamiliar feelings that accompany your foreign surroundings. You'll start to wonder what it feels like to come home and lay here, after a fun night with friends, quietly staring at your ceiling until you fall asleep. Your new, unfamiliar ceiling. A ceiling that has covered so many other weary heads before yours, and will shelter you in the same way.

You'll wonder how you can possibly fit all your clothes in one small closet and 3 small dresser drawer drawers, but you will. You'll make it work. You always do. You'll get used to tip-toeing around your dorm room with your phone flashlight on before bed, because your roommate has an 8 a.m. and you can't wake her up. You'll get used to the long nights and early mornings. You'll get used to breathing the unfamiliar air. You'll adapt to the new and small space. Because it will be the best year of your life. Newness and all.

And you will never forget it.

You'll start to meet friends on your hall. You'll bond over the likeness of missing home, and sometimes missing that familiar structure it provides. You'll build trust. You'll borrow each other's belongings. You'll lean on one another and share difficulties. You'll adapt together. You'll work through the days that are harder than others. And those girls will not just become your new best friends, but your family. Laughing, crying, and confiding in one another will ground you. It will comfort you. You'll stay up until 2 in the morning talking about life, boys, and classes; and even though you have to wake up early for a 9 a.m. chem class, you won't care. You'll happily sit there and blink away the sleepiness because nights like those will be worth it. Sitting on your dorm room floor in pajamas with the girls who make it home will be worth it. Creating lasting memories will be worth it. Because they will become your sisters. You will share this whole experience together. You will go through things together. And you will love every second of it, together.

They'll walk in your room with tears and you won't even have to ask if they're OK, because you'll know. So you'll pat the edge of your bed and tell them to sit; letting them spill their bad day. That's how you'll get through the hard times. Together. Because helping each other through the hurt will be how you create such a special bond with one another. But then on other nights, you'll hear erupting laughter echoing throughout the halls. When you barge in to find the source of these giggles and all your friends are sprawled out together on the floor watching ridiculous videos, laughing until they cry, you'll remember just how lucky you are to have them.

Surrounded by people who somehow know how to your best days even better. And some nights, although you're trying to sleep, you won't even be irritated when you hear their loud voices booming through the hall late at night. Because you'll know they got home safe. And you'll remember that tomorrow will be another day.

You borrow clothes, borrow makeup, borrow straighteners, share advice, share love, but most importantly: share a bond. So when your suite mate is showering at 3 in the morning after finishing an all-night project, don't get annoyed. Because when you go in to talk to her, you'll realize just how fortunate you are to be living across from your best friend. There's no one else you'd rather be having 3 a.m. bathroom talks with, even if you do have an early class to attend. So you suck it up, and enjoy it anyway.

That's the fun in appreciating all of life's simple moments.

So even when you're tired and can't go back to sleep, it's OK to make some pasta, sit on the bed, and just talk. Because it'll be 4 a.m., and you know you have to wake up at 9, and that's OK. Because the best feeling in the world is knowing that small memories like those are the ones that are priceless. So soak them all up. Appreciate them. Sleep will be made-up, but time together won't.

So collect it all. Cherish it. Make it memorable. Go above and beyond to get everything you can from this experience. Because you will remember it forever. And you will never forget the girls who helped make it so special.

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Visiting Your Friends At Different Colleges Is Worth The Drive

Learning about the lives my friends are living at other schools is extremely interesting.

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When I went to college, many of my friends went to different schools. Some of us went to the same college, some went to other in-state schools and some even went out-of-state. If you are ever bored and are thinking about spending the weekend with your friend at their college, I recommend doing it!

As a student at the University of Florida, I already know the best places to eat, party and relax in Gainesville. During my time here, I have met so many new people and have experienced so many new things. But, sometimes I forget that my friends are living their own lives at different schools, as well.

When I went to visit one of my best friends at the University of Central Florida, it was neat to see how she matured as a person. She took me to all the cool bars, introduced me to all of her new friends and gave me a tour of campus. Getting to see how she has evolved so much was so fascinating.

Visiting my friends at Florida State University was a whole experience in itself. I had many friends go to this school. Each of them lives their own lives, some still hang out, and some are even roommates. The culture at each university is so much different than the culture at my school. It was fun to meet all of their new classmates and sorority sisters. Getting to know the people that spend every day with the friends that I used to spend every day with is something I love to do.

If you ever have a break from studying, get a little bored, or even just miss your friends, give them a call and ask to stay with them for the weekend! I promise you will learn so much more about them and how they are taking on their new phase of life.

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